1. Review all business processes and identify any changes that will be required as a result of the new software.
required as a result of the new software
This involves taking a look at the current business processes and identifying any changes that will be required in order to use the new software. This may include creating new procedures or modifying existing ones.
2. Verify that all data is migrated to the new system and is accurate.
This step involves verifying that all data has been migrated to the new system and is accurate. This can be done by checking sample data or testing specific transactions.
3. Train staff on how to use the new software.
Staff need to be trained on how to use the new software in order to ensure a smooth transition when going live. Training should cover how to navigate through the system, enter data, and run reports.
4. Create test cases and run tests against the new system.
Testing is essential in order to identify any potential issues with the new system before go-live. Test cases should be designed to test all aspects of the software, including functionality, data integrity, and performance.
5. Address any issues identified in testing.
Issues that are identified in testing should be addressed and resolved before go-live. This may require modifications to the plans or additional training for staff.
6. Coordinate a go-live date with all stakeholders.
All stakeholders should be consulted when planning for go-live. This includes management, IT, operations, and customer service/sales teams. The date should be coordinated so as not to disrupt business operations.
7. Finalize all documentation related to the new system.
Documentation should be finalized before go-live so that everyone involved is aware of how the new system works. Documentation may include process manuals, user guides, system specifications, and forms/templates.
8. Ensure backup and recovery procedures are in place.
Backup and recovery procedures need to be tested and verified before go-live in order to ensure that data can be restored if there is a systems failure. Procedures should include both manual and automated backups for different points in time.
9. Test backups and restores.
Testing backup and restore procedures helps to ensure that they will work correctly when needed. This can be done by restoring data to different environments (test, development, production) or simulating a system's failure.
10. Execute final validation checks.
Final validation checks should be conducted before go-live in order to verify that the system is ready. This may include functional testing, performance testing, and user acceptance testing. Once all checks have been completed, the system can be considered ready for go-live.